It is none other than our own Adura Ojo of Naijalines. First, I must say a big congrats to her. She recently published her book, Life is a Woman Breaking Eggs. I got the opportunity to interview her, and it was quite interesting, albeit, short. Read on.
What inspired you to write this book?
I was at a point in my life’s journey where I wanted ‘useful luggage’ I could take forward. I work in mental health where you meet people at their lowest ebb. It puts life into perspective and as a result, one is thankful.
Summarize your book in a sentence
The life journal of a middle aged woman
Why do you think that this book will appeal to readers?
I wrote this collection for poetry lovers as well as non-poetry lovers. The simplicity of language should appeal to people who do not normally enjoy reading poetry. Poetry lovers would enjoy the depth of imagery and thematic structure.
What makes your book different from other books like it?
What is unique about this collection is its flexibility. Some poems are in narrative form. Some are theatrical – Poems like “The Broom”, “Nagging Area”, “This Land,“ Owu Rubutu”, “Sisi” and “African Queen” can be dramatized on stage or performed as spoken poetry. The poems are also fine in their own skin as just poems. They will work across a variety of forms. I would like to see the collection performed as a stage production. Many poets are increasingly doing this, particularly across Europe and the US. It’s a great way of the getting the reading public engaged in poetry again.
Is there a particular poem from your book you’d like share with readers?
I think your readers would enjoy this one, Atilola.
Time to dance, Owu Rubutu
dance the dance of spirits old
grab your shoes, let’s dance
the dance of bata
hips so swell, beads to the beat
gladly hit feet bouncing in heat
dance in the light of darkness
like the deaf lady and her best kept script
rhythm of beads heard, unseen
black beads, red beads
feet and hips the way beads sway
dance for me, Owu Rubutu
What tips would you give other writers thinking of putting together a poetry collection?
• Try to write a poem a day. Let your poems ‘breathe.’
• Edit but don’t over-edit.
• Join a poetry group (online or community)
• Take part in poetry writing challenges to hone your craft
• Decide whether you want a publisher or want to self-publish. Research the pros and cons and make your choice.
• Publish when you’re ready. Make sure you’re confident enough with your material to put your work
What are you currently working on?
I’m working on a novel about an older woman and a younger man. I’m also working on my second poetry collection.
Where can readers find your book?
My book is available on Amazon. I’m working on getting it to other platforms including Nigerian platforms.
Thanks for the interview Adura.
It’s been a pleasure. Thanks for having me, Atilola.
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